Since she was little, my daughter, Gabby, has had a medical condition that has required occasional testing at the children’s hospital. One of the more positive things to come out of this is that she has developed a deep sensitivity for children who, unlike herself, don’t get to leave the hospital and spend the holidays at home. At age nine, Gabby decided to start a program to get gifts for children who must remain at the hospital. These gifts are purchased from a list provided by the hospital based on things the children have asked for which do not pose any medical or other risks. Gabby delivers these gifts to the hospital where they are sterilized, wrapped and delivered to the children by hospital staff.
This year, I’m helping Gabby take her Gabby’s Gifts initiative digital. I’ve set up a GoFundMe campaign for those who may wish to donate to her online. Below, find Gabby’s own description of her initiative. If you are willing to donate but encounter challenges with GoFundMe, please reach out and we can figure out another way to make it happen such as PayPal, Square Cash, or good old-fashioned paper check.
In advance, thanks so much for reading, considering and sharing.
Dear Friends, Christmas time is here. This is the season of caring, sharing, family, and fun. Unfortunately for many children this year Christmas will be another day in which they have to be in the hospital away from their friends and family. In 2012, I realized that I was very blessed to have so much in my life and I wanted to give something back. I decided to try and make Christmas a little brighter for those children who, by no choice of their own, can’t be with their family and friends at Christmas. There are a lot of children that have to spend the holiday season at the hospital which is very sad, hence Gabby’s Gifts was born. Every year I collect money or gifts to donate to the University of Minnesota Children’s hospital. All of the money collected is used to purchase gifts for the children such as toys, slippers, pajamas, and other things that the kids have asked for. If you would like to donate to Gabby’s Gifts please do so before December 12. I will be bringing the donations to the Hospital on the 14th of December this year. I have also set up an online GoFundMe page for those who may wish to make an online donation: https://www.gofundme.com/gabbys-gifts-2016 . I want to thank you in advance for considering donating and helping to make a child’s Christmas just a little brighter. Sincerely, Gabrielle Sawczyn